Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Biquette the White Goat by Francoise (1953)

We really love all the books written by "Francoise" that we've been able to get our hands on (The Jeanne-Marie series; The Big Rain) but this one is far and away our favorite. My wife has even ordered extra vintage copies of it to give away as gifts. It's a simple story about a little girl who can't drink cow's milk, so the town doctor tells her to get a goat, and the goat she gets needs a coat before her long train journey. Here are all but two pages:

At this point, Miss Sophie realizes she has to make the goat a coat so she won't get a cold on her journey.

"Francoise" was the pen name of French-American author Francoise Seignobosc, who wrote and illustrated about forty children's books between the 1930s and the 1960s. She died in 1961.